Johnny Disco comes out of a hot race where he ran fifth behind Bettor Reward at Bunbury on February 18. The mile rate was a quick 1:54.5 and the final half run in 55.5 seconds which was too quick for the first-up Ross Ashby-trained four-year-old gelding.
Ashby horses don’t seem to fire first up with one of his runners beaten at prohibitive odds recently.
Johnny Disco should be fitter again tonight and his class in this race will take him a very long way. If he can settle in front of Letztorqueaboutyou then it may be the winning move.
Onunga leads early and should hand to stablemate All Williams if it can. Hot Fraternity could fly the gate and Our Artemisia should go forward injecting early pace to suit Johnny Disco.
Race 3 (6:54pm local/9:54pm AEDT) – MARES MS PACE – 2130m
Sheer Rocknroll returns from a spell and the Ross Olivieri-trained four-year-old mare is the class runner. On ability, she is clearly the best horse in the race and she looks hard to beat despite having her first run since December.
Two starts ago she raced outside the leader and was only beaten 4.3m by Ideal Alice and A Piccadilly Princess- that is open-class form and seven of the eight mares here aren’t up to that grade.
If Sheer Rocknroll led she would give them a fair beating but Giuliana Rancic looks the leader unless Kristian Hawkins decides to hold up on his out-of-form mare which would be disastrous for both Disturbia and Giuliana Rancic.
Auctioneers Elsu was almost my tip at good each-way odds and I’ll be backing her very small at anything in the double-figure range.
Race 4 (7:25pm local/10:25pm AEDT) – CONDITIONED HANDICAP SS PACE – 2503m
Another open standing-start event and Buhn Lert appeals on an each-way basis at $11 and $3.40. He will begin from barrier four with Gary Hall Jnr driving.
Telham Lane will step really well but looks a hand-up horse in this company, which should see either Tommy Smith, Buhn Lert or Hear It Now pouncing on the lead.
Tommy Smith has been a risk at times when it comes to stepping and I think Buhn Lert is better than him while I think Hear It Now is better than both.
Buhn Lert has the best form of the three speedy beginners and if he leads he could prove hard to catch around Gloucester Park. If he doesn’t find the rail or ends up worse than three pegs on the fence, you can forget about his chances.
Race 5 (8:02pm local/11:02pm AEDT) – THE CLARKE QUALIFYING HEAT 1 – 2130m
This is probably a two-and-a-half-horse race with Argyle Red and Twoandahalf Tigers winning hopes while Vultan Tin is probably half a chance.
Twoandahalf Tigers has been racing well in stronger company and a drop back to this grade might be enough for the consistent placegetter to notch another victory.
Argyle Red convincingly won two starts ago in excellent time and a repeat performance should see him the winner but Gaz Wannabet or Char Do Neigh may keep him honest and Twoandahalf Tigers can look to pounce.
Race 10 (10:30pm local/1:30am AEDT) – MS PACE – 2130m
Lisdelight didn’t show much gate speed at Pinjarra recently and All The Torque should be able to make him pay by crossing to lead at the start. It isn’t a strong line up and looks a race where All The Torque can prove hard to beat.
All The Torque’s form doesn’t look great but he improves when leading and his run two starts ago when racing three back on the pegs at Northam was pretty good; a repeat run should see him prove too good.
If he doesn’t lead then he looks to be in big trouble but it’s a worthwhile risk as he is a quick beginner.